Sunday, January 18, 2009

Germany Jobs 2009 2010: General Linguistics PhD Student International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) Leipzig

Institution/Organization: International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) on Neuroscience of Communication: Function, Structure, and Plasticity

Level: PhD

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: General Linguistics


The International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) on Neuroscience of
Communication: Function, Structure, and Plasticity is based at the Max Planck
Institute (MPI) for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, and the
University of Leipzig (Germany). The IMPRS also involves the MPI for
Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, and the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience
at University College London, UK.

The IMPRS offers a unique interdisciplinary graduate programme to study the
functional, structural, and plastic bases of human communication. Its overriding
goal is to train Ph.D. students in multidisciplinary aspects involved in
communicative action. Besides behavioural work, the programme draws on elaborate
modern imaging techniques including a 7-Tesla MRI scanner and a 306-channel MEG

Successful candidates will be accepted into one of the following four modules of
the school: (1) Verbal Communication: Language; (2) Non-verbal Communication:
Action and Interaction; (3) Neuroscience: Basic and Clinical; (4) Methods:
Modern neuroimaging techniques, biophysics, and signal processing.

Requirement for successful candidates is a Master's (or qualified equivalent)
degree in disciplines like computer science, linguistics, neurobiology,
neurology, physics, psychiatry, psychology, or related fields. Candidates near
to completion may also submit applications, indicating the date of completion.
Depending on qualification and background, we may consider applicants with a
Bachelor's degree.

Further requirements include outstanding academic performance; excellent oral
and written English language skills; aptitude for original, independent, and
creative work; performed research and published, or submitted for publication,
results (desirable).

The application must be supported by a degree and school certificate, academic
transcripts, a CV, three names and email addresses of academic referees, and a
personal statement explaining the candidate's motivation and reasons for
pursuing a Ph.D. at the IMPRS. Applications should indicate the preferred module
into which the candidate wishes to be accepted, and specify the preferred

All admitted students receive financial aid in the form of a scholarship for the
duration of three years. The language of the IMPRS is English. Visit for information on living in Leipzig, Germany, in the heart of

We seek to increase the number of women in those areas where they are
under-represented and therefore explicitly encourage women to apply. We are
committed to employing more handicapped individuals and especially encourage
them to apply.

For further information and application details, go to our website listed above,
or contact
Dr Antje Holländer, Co-ordinator of the IMPRS (see contact information below)

Applications are to be submitted in electronic format only until 31 March 2009.
We will start assessing applications as of mid-February 2009. The graduate
programme will start with the Summer Semester 2009 at the University of Leipzig
(1 April 2009).

Application Deadline: 31-Mar-2009

Mailing Address for Applications:
Attn: Dr Antje Holländer
Stephanstrasse 1a
Leipzig 04103

Contact Information:
Dr Antje Holländer,
Phone:0049 341 9940 2261

Web Address: